There are fancy 4K TVs that cost less than their monitor equivalents
Displays have come along way since the old days of CRTs. Everyone's gone flat, and then there is the curved stuff, which I don't really buy into yet. I mean, even the screen on Jean-Luc Picard's desk was flat, and that's way into the future. If you want a big immersive experience today though, you might consider going with a TV instead of a computer display. Here's why...
If it looks like a duck but barks like a dog, what is it?
We were really impressed with Hewlett-Packard's Omen laptop when we reviewed it last year. With a design that paid homage to its Voodoo PC namesake, the model we received proved a capable gaming machine wrapped in a sexy chassis with a beautiful touchscreen panel. Well, there's a new version available, though HP's Omen Pro is classified as a mobile workstation, perhaps making it more suitable for game developers than gamers.
After what seemed like an eternity (and then some), Rockstar Games is finally ready to release Grand Theft Auto V to PC, which officially debuts at midnight on April 14, 2015, in the U.K. In the U.S., it should unlock today, April 13, at 7:00 PM ET / 4:00 PM PT, or just a few hours from the time of this writing. There's still time to put in your pre-order and pre-download the title, and also Nvidia has made available its Game Ready 350.12 driver for Grand Theft Auto V today.
'Redirect to SMB' affects all versions of Windows, including Windows 10
While in the process of hunting for ways to abuse a chat client feature that provides image previews, security researchers at Cylance say they stumbled upon a new technique that hackers could use to pluck sensitive login credentials from any Windows PC, tablet, or server, even ones running previews of Windows 10. Even worse, software from over 30 companies like Adobe, Apple, Box, and others can be exploited with the vulnerability.
Research firms IDC and Gartner have published their respective PC shipment estimates for the first quarter of 2015 and they don’t make for pretty reading. According to both firms, the PC market squandered the momentum of recent quarters during the latest three-month period, though they don’t see eye to eye on the extent of the decline in global PC shipments.
There’s a new version of Microsoft Solitaire Collection in this one
It’s time for your weekly dose of Windows 10 builds. Over the past month or so alone, we’ve had as many as five new builds—both official releases and leaks—with the last one finding its way onto the Internet Friday. (A few more and we’ll soon have to do a “This Week in Windows 10 Builds” roundup.) Build 10056 includes a new version of Microsoft’s iconic Solitaire card game(s), a new dark OS theme, and a few more things.
The Linux-based 'Developer Edition' starts at $949
In late 2012, Dell released a Ubuntu-running variant of its XPS 13 laptop as part of its “Project Sputnik” initiative. Named the Developer Edition, in reference to its target demographic, the Linux-based variant has accompanied every XPS 13 refresh since then and this year is no exception. The Linux flavor of the latest XPS 13 iteration—launched earlier this year—is (finally) available.
The company wants to change the very fabric of the Web
If it were left to BitTorrent, Inc., it would probably unravel the Web and spin it anew to make it work more like its popular peer-to-peer sharing technology. Don’t you think so? Believe it or not such an effort is already afoot at the company and is called Project Maelstrom.
Ever heard of the ErgoDox? It's a mechanical keyboard kit that's available to purchase every so often, and if you're lucky to get one, your reward is an ergonomic plank with mechanical key switches. Well, after you assemble it, that is. And by assemble, we mean there's a fair bit of soldering involved, not just plugging in pieces like Legos. If that doesn't sound like your cup of tea, meet ErgoDox EZ, a pre-assembled ErgoDox that's damn near close to meeting its funding goal on Indiegogo.
Want to add some functional bling to your big size computer case? Thermaltake today formally announced the Commander FT, purportedly the world's largest 5.5-inch touch screen fan controller. The Commander FT was first shown off at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas a few months ago, and now it gets an official launch alongside the company's Riing LED Radiator Fan Series.